by C. Mirriam Pascual, @serluz5
Como dice la canción “Señora de las Cuatros Décadas” por Ricardo Arjona.
“No le quite años a su vida,
Póngale vida a los años que es mejor”
Poniendo estas palabras en perspectiva, que bueno es ver una mujer realizada a sus cuatro décadas que no se sienta intimidada por situación alguna. Mujeres que en cuatro décadas han creado un hogar educado una familia, y algunas han sido bendecidas con nietos que pueden disfrutar cuando aún están lo suficientemente jóvenes.
En este día de las Madres Dominicanas, quiero felicitar a todas las madres, aquellas que luchan por sacar adelante sus familias pero en especial a todas esas señoras de las cuatro décadas que pueden respirar tranquilas con la certeza de que han hecho un buen trabajo y están seguras de cuál es su valor propio. Esas señoras que nadie le tiene que decir que son buenas madres porque ven el resultado todos los días en las sonrisas de sus hijos. Saben que su esfuerzo es apreciado por los seres que más importan para ellas. ¡Felicidades! ¡Sigan poniéndoles vida a sus años!
by Deyanira Martinez, @deyamartinezl
Miren el video en que Emilio Estefan nos habla de su orgullo de ser latino, ofrece detalles sobre su nueva producción musical que estrena en Broadway en Septiembre del 2015 “On Your Feet” y saluda a el equipo de Bellas Fashionistas, y sus fans!
by Fleriser Bello, @fleriserbello
#ThrowBackThursday – Check out what these Latino singers were rocking back in the 80’s as they began their music career – fashionable, in style and absolutely chic!
1. Gloria Estefan, beginning stages of her career with the Miami Sound Machine, expressed the success and wealth image of the 80’s fashion decade through Gloria’s big curly bouffant hairstyle, hoop earrings, off the shoulder tops and leather jacket.
2. Paulina Rubio and Thalia in the musical group Timbiriche. These ladies definitely knew how to rock their trendy 80’s style! With bright color garments, puff shoulder pads jackets, bouffant hairstyles and heavy make-up expressed – ‘El glamour!’
3. Punk rock Latina star Gloria Trevi, rocked the over the shoulder denim tee’s, slouch socks, combat boots, and bouffant hairstyle – a true Fashionistas!
4. Inspired by the 80’s ‘Preppy look’, handsome Ricky Martin of Menudo, rocked his feathered long blondish hair with a light weight shirt and a single breasted blazer – super Papucho!
5. These naturally curly hair Latinas did not have a problem with fitting-in with the 80’s ‘crimping’ look, they simply just had to wet and air-dry their hair. Lucero, singer and actress rocked the bouffant hair style expressing a sex-appeal; playful, big, bold and wild.
by Deyanira Martinez, @deyamartinezl
It is with excitement we introduce you to Bellas Fashionistas TV, a Youtube Channel launched today! Where we will bring you the latest interviews by our ’empowered’ Latinas, and many more stories within Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle, Entertainment and more!
Here’s our first greeting from one of our most influential and empower Latina of all times, Gloria Estefan as she greets our Bellas Fashionistas team, fans and followers at yesterday’s Pre-Broadway premiere of “On Your Feet” the Broadway musical by the Estefan’s!
by Deyanira Martinez, @deyamartinezl
“On Your Feet!” a Broadway musical based on the lives of Gloria and Emilio Estefan was announced last night in a lovely cocktail reception at the Minskoff Theatre. The premiere of “On Your Feet!”, under the production of Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises, Inc will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and choreographed by a four-time Drama Desk nominee Jorge Trujillo.
The Broadway musical, chronicles the lives of the seven-time Grammy Award winning singer, Gloria Estefan and her husband, music producer, Emilio Estefan. The Latin power couple will highlight their humble beginnings, pursuit of the American dream and rise to fame. Gloria and Emilio are both Cubans who became a musical sensation in the 80’s winning awards and fans across the world. They are among the most influential Latinos in the music industry.
It will have its pre-Broadway World Premiere engagement in Chicago Summer 0f 2015 followed by opening on Broadway at the Nederlander Theater in the Fall of 2015.
At the event, they thanked guests and members of the press for their continued support. A reality show is being considered to choose some of the cast members for the musical.
by Deyanira Martinez @deyamartinezl
I would like to start this article by asking you a question: Did you make any new year’s resolution this past December?
Yes? Great! So, do you realize we’re already in May?! Now, my next question is: How are you doing with the resolution? If you haven’t been able to complete it or even start, I have news for you – YOU are not alone.
Every year 50% of Americans set a New Year resolution and 88% percent of all these resolutions fail. If we take into consideration The United States population that will be 156 million failed resolutions and disappointed minds each and every year.
A family lives in a remote village, and own one cow. Each day, the family is dependent of the cow’s milk to live – the children and parent. If there is little milk, they eat little, if there’s lots of milk, and they eat well.
One cold day, a traveler stops in the village. He is hungry and cold. The family shares their milk and offered him shelter. He is so grateful that he wants to help all of them in any way he can so he decided to help by killing the cow. Yes, the cow! (even though their lives depend on the cow) he kills the cow and disappeared in the middle of the night.
A year later, the traveler returned to the village. He saw a new hotel that provided a stay to travelers. Behind the bar, he found the eldest son of the family, smiling and totally happy. The traveler greeted him and asked “what happened? What is all this prosperity about?” His response: “We lost our cow a year ago; there was no milk; we had to go out and do something to eat. We set up a small market, it grew, then we set up a hotel and it’s growing so much. We had to try new things when we didn’t have any milk from the cow.”
Moral of the story: we can get very creative, when we are forced to do so.
Now! My question to you, my dear readers is “what are your cows? How many ‘cows’ do you have to kill in order to fulfill your destiny?”
Who and what are your cows: your neighbors, your boss, your spouse, your laziness, your inability to commit to anything.
We are expert at developing excuses, we use them, protect them and all those 88% percent of Americans unable to complete or even try to start their New Year’s resolution are loving their cows, refuse to be apart from them, redefine them in such a way until they are no longer excuses, but a part of our own reality: I’ll work out tomorrow, I’ll stop eating junk food right after the holidays, I am just a social drinker, and many more.
A cow represents every excuse, justification, lie, fear, belief that keep you bound to a life of mediocrity.
One thing is certain about excuses, if you really want to find an excuse for anything, you can be absolutely sure that you will find it and once you do, you’ll stick with it for as long as you can. No one is responsible of your life but you. Let’s find time for what really matters, you are your #1 priority.
My friends is time to kill those cows that are holding yourself back and start living your life to the fullest NOW.
by The Diana Sisters @3DBeautyTweets
Your life is busy! We are masters at juggling many different areas of responsibility in life. Wouldn’t it be great to have some guidance an tools to get you to your best self? We believe that you need to take care of yourself so that you are focused on what you can achieve, and how! We have the perfect solution! Create a self-care check list so that you can monitor every part of your life. It gives you the accountability that you need to stay focused, and tunes out the voice that screams “How am I going to get it all done?”
Self-Care Check List Creation:
Take an inventory of your life. Break it out into 4 quadrants and make a check list of what you need to do. Here are some guidelines and ideas:
1. Your Family – Appointments for your family ie: Kids, parents, leisure time planning ie: Family game night, eating dinner together, planning vacation, etc
2. Your Finances – Follow-up on paying bills ie: online banking and automatic bill pay is a great option to save time and focus), grocery shopping, budget for yourself and your household, savings budget, charitable donations, etc.
3. Your Health – Your exercise plan, your food plan and ideas, support that you need in order to stick to your exercise plan ie: find a “buddy” to hold you accountable to your commitments to self-care, etc.
4. Your Relationship (with yourself and others) – If you are attached, taking the time for date nights, if you are single, taking the time to get out and mingle! Invest in hobbies that fuel your creativity and your self-expression. They will give you the peace of mind that you need and focus to be at your best to accomplish what you set out to do!
Self-Care starts with YOU. By taking care of yourself, and creating a check list to remind you of what’s important, you are setting yourself up for success and able to give back to the people in your life.
Great pictures of some of the best dressed stars in the red carpet last night.
by Fleriser Bello, @fleriserbello
Pioneering Latina, Kiki Melendez “shakes up” the film industry with her feature docu-comedy the “Journey of a Female Comic”.
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the United States, Kiki Melendez surpasses the barriers and obstacles her Latino constituents have faced while obtaining actor roles in the posh cinematic world of Hollywood.
“The Journey of a Female Comic” chronicles the life of Kiki Melendez as she navigates the cutthroat world of comedy, business, friendships, culture, and beyond, all through the voice of an uproarious comedienne, who has been taking names and turning heads, just like her hardworking immigrant mother taught her. From a tiny town in the Dominican Republic, to Hollywood, follow the ‘Princesa of Bel Air’ through her trials and tribulations as you laugh your way through this quintessential story of “struggling in luxury,” as Kiki herself would put it.
The film includes candid interviews with Hollywood Latino stars such as Edward James Olmos (Dexter), Esal Morales (Criminal Minds), and Jacob Vargas (Heaven is for Real), Nadine Velasquez (Major Crimes), Maria Conchita Alonzo (Return of Babylon), and many others.
The docu-comedy has been making a stellar presence with outstanding reviews from the media and its audience – on opening night, ticket shows were sold out at Universal City Walk theater and in San Diego. The film will also open in Puerto Rico this July and the Dominican Republic in August!
This MUST SEE inspirational film will be showing at the AMC Empire 25 theater, Times Square (234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036), from May 16th – 22nd, 2014. For showing times please visit AMC Empire 25
You don’t want to miss it!
If you’ve ever wondered why Caribbean food is so delicious, the trick is this wonderful blend of ingredients. It’s a versatile, aromatic puree of tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, onions, and garlic; this is the secret ingredient of most Latin Caribbean dishes.
You too can cook amazing recipes, only add a few spoons of sofrito to your beans, meat or rice and your guests will be delighted
INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE SOFRITO
• 2 medium green peppers
• 1 red sweet pepper
• 2 large tomatoes
• 2 medium onions, peeled
• 1 head of garlic, peeled
• 1 bunch cilantro leaves
• The juice of five sour oranges
1. Chop and blend all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
2. Place the mixture in a jar and refrigerate for daily use